A couple years ago, my dad and I went and played Streamsong Red. I fell in love with the place. The whole property is a golf destination unlike any other in Florida.
Recently I made the drive back out to Streamsong, this time to play the Black course. This Gil Hanse design is the 3rd and newest design at the resort. Again, the experience didn’t disappoint.
After a visit to the driving range we went over to The Roundabout. This is the short course at Streamsong. Its seven holes of shared greens and complete par 3 awesomeness. The small undulating greens require you to play a variety of shots. Some times you think you hit the perfect shot and it gets repelled by the mounds in the greens. There are even some unique features like a bunker in the middle of the first/seventh green.
The warm up around the Roundabout is one of the best in golf. Not only to you get used to what you’re going to see around the golf course with green speeds, but you will get a great indication as to the wind and how it is going to effect the golf ball.
My favorite hole on The Roundabout had to be number 4! This is the only green that isn’t shared on the course but its plays as an uphill shot to a very small green guarded by sand and water! Its a shot you won’t soon forget.
The Front Nine
The opening hole on The Black Course is a par 5 that, from the fairway, appears to be really well guarded. There is a large bunker on the right side of the fairway that actually ends 50 yards short of the green.
The third hole may be the hardest hole on the course depending on the wind. The blind tee shot on this par 4 is actually pretty scary. If you have never played the course trying to find a starting point can be tricky. The approach shot plays over water to a very undulated green.
The 4th hole gives you a lot of options depending on the wind. This double fairway par 5 really makes the big hitters think especially if it is down wind.
The day we played number 5 it played as the hardest 177 yards I’ve ever played. This uphill par 3 was playing dead into a 25 mph wind. Just to put it in perspective, 177 is usually a 6 or 7 iron for me. I hit 2 iron and was pin high.
Tee Shot on 5
The ninth hole is the one you hear about before you get to the course. The punchbowl green is awesome. The straight away drive allows you to be aggressive and hit driver as hard as you want. The second shot is completely blind so make sure you look at the pin position display located at the tee box to see where you need to play your second shot. Make sure you pay attention on the tee to the pin location plaque. You wont be able to see the flag from the fairway.
The Back Nine
The back nine has 3 par 5’s on it which make for a lot of fun. I really want to focus on the last five holes though.
Fourteen is a driveable par 4. This hole plays 298 from the back tees. There is a waste bunker up the left side and no bunkers greenside. The green is the hole’s defense. The elevated green has plenty of undulation so even if you drive the green if you are in the wrong location you are bringing a 3 putt into play.
Fifteen is a short par 3. This hole is proof that you don’t need a 200 plus yard par 3 to make it great. The green is almost an oasis in the Sahara Desert with all of the sand around it. Accuracy is a premium on this hole because if you need to make sure you hit the ball in the right section of the green or you will have a putt that comes over one of the hog backs in the green. If you miss the green in the back bunker you are left with an almost impossible bunker shot to get close to any hole on the green.
Sixteen is a great long dogleg left par 4. This is a blind tee shot that needs to be played over the corner of the left bunker. You really need to decide how much you can bite off because if you don’t take enough you will end up in the right rough or bunker. The approach plays slightly uphill to another well undulated green.
Seventeen is a great downhill par 3. The hole can be stretched to 205 yards but with the downhill slope it plays shorter. There is also a large slope on the left side of the green that works balls towards the middle of the green. This is a great feature and makes the green bigger than it appears. The only place you cant miss is the right or back bunker. You will be below the surface of the green playing a very difficult bunker shot.
The eighteenth hole is a great finishing par 5. Going towards the club house we played the hole late in the day and into the setting sun. It was also into the wind so the 530 yards where we played it from played a lot longer. The hole can be stretched to 586 yards. If you are unable to go for the green in 2 (which is a brave shot all carry over water) they layup is no picnic. You need to make sure you position the ball left the bunkers and in the fairway. Even after the lay up the approach shot is scary with the well guarded green that isn’t very deep.
In this grouping of holes you have a driveable par 4. A short par 3. A long par 4. A longer par 3. A great risk/reward par 5. I feel that not only should a golf course test every club in your bag, but it doesn’t need to be a bombers paradise. The Black has a great blend of holes you need to hit the ball hard on but also some that every golfer can really enjoy.
As is typical at Streamsong from start to finish its an amazing experience. The level of service is second to none. Due to the Covid pandemic they didn’t have any water stations around the golf course. But they did have someone from the staff coming around the course to hand out bottles of water to keep everyone hydrated on a very hot day. That’s the difference!
One of the great memories of the courses at Streamsong are their half way houses. On the Red Course they had some great Brisket. The Black Course upped their game with a Lobster Roll. The best part about it is you go past the half way house after the second hole and the ninth so you can get two of them!
Dads Say So
Streamsong is a pure golf destination. The ride out to the resort is a long one. You are an hour from when you get off interstate 4 coming from Orlando. When you arrive you understand why you are there.
The Black Course is a great addition to the other 2 courses. With its five par 5’s and par 73 layout The Black Course is a challenge for every golfer. With the elevation changes you can see some of the other holes on the Red and Blue courses and it makes for some great pictures.
The focal point of the property is the windmill. You can see it from 13 of the 18 holes! It makes for a cool photo op for your round and a great frame-able memory of your round.
If you are visiting Central Florida for a golf vacation and are trying to decide if you are going to go to Streamsong, you just need to book it. It is the best pure golf experience from start to finish in the area. The Black Course alone will challenge every club in your bag and make you think more than any course I’ve ever played here. If you are hoping to shoot a good score you better bring your A game! You will need it.
If you are looking for a great picture of the property and you are there close to sun set it is worth the wait to watch it. And it makes for some amazing pictures.
To find out more or to book your next Streamsong getaway go to streamsongresort.com!